Michael was born in Geneva, Switzerland and also has the Uruguayan citizenship. He is now living in Los Angeles.
From 2001-2004, he was a Research Fellow at the MIT Media Lab Europe in Dublin, Ireland, investigating what happens to the film form when the medium becomes computational. There he developed real-time editing engines for interactive film, expressive interfaces for live cinema improvisation and multi-track video samplers for schizophrenic theatrical performance.
Michael regularly publishes, teaches and lectures about computational film.
Michael is a consultant on visionary technologies for film, video games, performance and architecture.
Michael's interactive film installation and live experimental video have been shown in electronic art festivals across Europe and the US. He was granted the New Media Award from the Montréal Festival of New Cinema and New Media in 2003 for breaking new grounds in non-linear filmmaking.
Michael obtained his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), with a master’s thesis on software agents from the AI Lab, Motorola Labs in Paris, France, for which he was awarded the Logitech 2000 prize. In 97-98, he was developing architectures for MPEG-2 video streaming at the Technion Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Before directing his first 16mm short films in New York, Michael founded in Lausanne the "Avracavabrac" performance company. He also started the Dublin Café philosophique, which brings together people from different backgrounds to discuss philosophical topics. Michael speaks many languages.